East Providence Police charged a Barrington man with a hit and run Oct. 22 after Barrington Police arrested him for DUI minutes later for striking a guard rail there.
At 5:34 that day, E.P. officers were called to the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Willett Avenue for a report of a hit and run car accident. They spoke with the operator of the struck vehicle, who told them a blue 2006 Chevy pickup had struck her vehicle in the rear bumper as she was trying to exit the parking lot, according to Officer Peter Cordeiro's report.
The driver exited his car, approached the woman, said, "There's no damage," and fled without giving the woman contact or insurance information.
While Cordeiro was speaking with the woman, a witness approached them and said he'd followed the pickup after the accident, and said it was now stopped at 149 Narragansett Ave. in Barrington.
Barrington Police had caught up to the driver, later identified as William P. Pereira, 37, of 149 Narragansett Ave., Apt. B, Barrington, after he apparently had hit a guard rail there as he was entering the driveway.
Barrington Police arrested Pereira on suspicion of DUI, simple assault, and resisting arrest. Cordeiro also charged him with failing in his duty to stop after an accident, damage resulting. He was issued a summons for Sixth District Court on Oct. 31, where he was arrainged.
Pereira was scheduled for a pre-trial conference on the hit and run charge on Nov. 12. He was scheduled for a pre-trial conference on the other charges Nov. 8.